City Council Hires New City Manager

by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com

Casper City Council has officially hired John Patterson as City Manager. City Council announced the decision to hire Patterson on July 1st, and today his contract was officially finalized during City Council session.

City Council initially looked at 47 resumes for the position, and then narrowed the field down to 4 finalists who were interviewed in person late last month.

Prior to being appointed Casper City Manager, Patterson was the Chief Administrative Officer of Ogden City, Utah since 2005. Before that he was city manager of West Valley City, Utah for 11 years. Now Patterson will oversee Casper city government and a budget of $134 million.

Patterson will be getting paid a base salary of $170,000, an amount that has received some public criticism.

However, City Council feels he's worth the money given his track record and his enthusiasm for the position. "We certainly could have hired someone right out of school and paid them $50,000 a year," said councilman Kimberley Holloway, "but I think Casper is in a place where we wanted somebody with experience at the executive level."

"He came early...decided if Casper was a fit for him, before we even interviewed him," said Mayor Paul Bertoglio. "He wanted the job."

Patterson's first day in office is set for August 1st.